Summer Haze

I’m so relieved to have gotten through the night without experiencing a word tsunami. I don’t know whether it’s because I slept all night or because I’m pumped to the max with thyroxin, or a healthy combination of both;  but I’m pretty invigorated this morning. It’s a gloriously sunny day and I’m determined to make the most of it.

My first job of the day is to give the outdoor furniture a summer clean! David completed the first phase of the balcony overhaul a couple of weeks ago, when he found a possum, in fact, a family of possums, nesting on our barbecue gas tank.  Yes, a full on nest! That should give you some indication of how much we (or should I say, David) uses the barbecue. After David’s  twilight showdown with, and subsequent eviction of, our unwanted barbecue squatters, I have vowed that this Summer I’m going to take matters into my own hands and not only learn how to use the barbecue, but go one step further, and actually prepare meals on it! (In fact, it’s on my Wish List!) What a novel idea! A summer barby! Anyway, I digress… back to the outdoor furniture! If you could see the dust, dirt and cobwebs that have gathered on the table and chairs, you would see that despite having the most amazing wrap around balcony, we never use it! That’s something that’s going to have to change, in fact, using the balcony more is going to be another new addition to my Wish List! Anyway, I spray anti bacterial cleaner and throw water around with wild abandon and it’s not long before that furniture is looking as clean and shiny as a new pin. It’s very satisfying!

The sun is super hot but I take myself on my daily excursion to the local supermarket and the butcher. It’s great to be out and about but  the sun is so strong – I’m conscious that I can’t wear sun cream (it’s got iodine in it!) – I don’t want to be outside for too long. I go home and make more of that Mexican Corn and Bean Stew but as it’s just a light meal, I skip the beans and just have the veggies. I decide to live dangerously and have a tortilla too. I don’t want to get all iodine-uptight, I’m old enough and wise enough to know that a little bit of iodine isn’t going to sabotage my treatment.

After my delicious lunch, a wave of tiredness comes over me, and I decide to have a little lie down…which turns into a massive sleep-a-thon. In fact, it’s the daddy of all power naps and I wake up 2 and a half hours later, as if I’ve just come out of a coma. I try everything to wake up – have a shower, hoover the flat, even have a glass of wine but I still can’t shake off the fatigue! Ha! So much for getting my mojo back. Maybe it’s the heat (which has rocketed to a sizzling 38 degrees) or maybe it’s just my body recharging it’s empty batteries but whatever it is, I am finished!

Soon, David’s home to create some more kitchen magic. Today he makes his inaugural butcher’s burger with free range meat and tosses in some Brown Sugar Rub. The quality of the meat combined with the spices in the rub are a total winning combination. Check out his recipe for Beefy Burgers with a bit of a Rub. Quick, easy, and iodine free!